TecHKnow Wiki allows any registered member to place knowledge or specialised information in one or more connected web pages, using nothing more than word-processing know-how.

As you know, the most well-known example is Wikipedia. Wikis are a way to grow a knowledge base around a particular content area, be it best practices in a particular science or technical field, how to do a particular practical or how to build or use a specific piece of equipment.  Those are just some examples.  TecHKnow Wiki allows you to be the author of your knowledge or article. Your article is searchable across the world and as well as helping School Science Colleagues, the TecHKnow wiki has also been searched by third level educational establishments and indeed other people across the world.

So if you have ever thought of authoring an article that could be helpful or informative were you can demonstrate the full extent of your professional or industrial experience then we are here just for that. Check out the wiki area right now.

A separate registration to your normal TecHKnow user login is needed.  Dive in and create your first article today!

 

The Covid-19 crisis has touched on all aspects of school life and across all subject areas. As an intrinsically practical subject, science education has been particularly impacted by school closures, with difficulties in carrying out practical work set to continue as schools and colleges return.

The ASE is committed to championing the role of 'hands-on, minds-on' practical science both through the current crisis and in the future, and given that more than 1,200 educators joined our special webinar on the subject last week, it is clear that many of you are too. 

The next stage of that ongoing commitment is to canvas our members' opinions and experiences through a survey. This survey has three purposes:

- To inform ASE, Gatsby and other stakeholders of teacher and technician views on the opportunities and challenges for carrying out practical work as schools open to more students and throughout the next academic year

- To inform related activities and responses by ASE, Gatsby and other stakeholders

- To provide evidence for the Education Select Committee Inquiry response (on the impact of covid-19 on education and children’s services)

We invite you to take part in this survey which should take no longer than 15-20 minutes. No information will be collected which identifies you or your school/college, and all information will be used for the purposes of this exercise only.

Your opinion is extremely valuable to us, please lend us your voice and help shape the experience of delivering quality practical science experiences for pupils from September and beyond... 

The deadline for survey submission is 9am on Monday 6th July 2020

CLEAPSS have now created a series of new guides to support schools during the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic. You can access these via the CLEAPSS website http://science.cleapss.org.uk/

 

 

  • GL336 - CLEAPSS Advice during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic - Version 21 (Updated 10/05/20)
  • GL338 - Practical activities for pupils attending school during extended periods of closure
  • GL339 – Practical activities for pupils at home during extended periods of school closure

 

Summary

Technicians are at the heart of every science department, playing a crucial role in supporting effective practical work. With this comes a role in ensuring that the department is safe.  Develop a good foundation for carrying out effective health and safety, to support you in your job, but also to support teachers and students 

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • understand the key areas of concern in science departments
  • identify good practice in risk assessments for technician and teacher activities
  • use good practice to audit labs, prep rooms and stores

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, facilitator-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance. For this course you must have a CLEAPSS username and password. If you are unsure of what this is please contact your school or ITT provider for more information.

Notes

This course is fully funded to participants from maintained schools in England. If you are from an independent school or from an organisation outside of England then you will be charged £150.

School staff who are showing symptoms of coronavirus will now be will be able to access free tests, the government has announced.

Matthew Hancock, the health secretary, said during today’s Downing Street briefing that employers of essential workers and those workers themselves will be able to secure tests online. The Department of Health has since updated its list of “essential workers” eligible for testing, to include those working in education and childcare. This includes support and teaching staff, social workers and specialist education professionals.

Read more here.....
(Article: SchoolsWeek)

If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and have always been able to – claim for increased costs due to working from home, eg, heating and electricity. Clearly, right now many firms have closed workplaces and that means across the UK millions of staff are temporarily required to work from home, and therefore are eligible to claim for increased costs. HMRC says it will consider claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures if their usual workplace is closed.

Yet apportioning these costs is tough. So instead, from Monday 6 April 2020 (the new tax year) you can, in simple terms, claim a rate of £6/week (currently it's £4/week – but below I'll stick with the £6 figure). You can claim more if your costs are higher, but it becomes a much more labour intensive process.

If you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health.

Here are some tips that may help.

Staying Connected - Phone calls are amazing, and are a great way to stay connected. But seeing someone’s face really can make a huge difference on a phone call. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely. Check out Facetime, Zoom or any other video social video metods of contacting your freinds and family

Staying calm - Through breathing techniques and meditation. Why not clean up your social media by muting or unfollowing accounts that make you feel anxious or angry?

Dealing with stressful situations at home – Create a rota or a plan. Try to walk away from tense situations if you can. Go out and have your daily walk!

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